I put up Captain Du Berlais at Compiegne last time and though he could only finish fourth that day, I’m keeping the faith at Auteuil today (5.38pm).
He wouldn’t have beaten the impressive winner last time, but tack issues that arose before the turn for home meant Gaetan Masure couldn’t give him anything like full assistance from the saddle and the run can certainly be upgraded.
I think he’ll be suited by the switch to Auteuil and I’m sure this well-related son of Kapgarde has improvement forthcoming. Nicolle also runs newcomer Des Yeux Bleus, while favourite St Donats was an impressive winner on debut for the excellent Hugo Merienne. However, at the prices, Captain Du Berlais looks too big to make it third time lucky.
5.38pm Auteuil – 1pt win Captain Du Berlais @ 6-1 (Price Hold with Fitzdares, Skybet, Paddy Power, Betfair, 11/2 elsewhere)
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